New Delhi. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said General MM Naravane contributed to strengthen India’s defense capabilities and preparedness during his tenure as the Chief of Army Staff. The Defense Ministry said his tenure would be remembered for giving a “befitting reply” to the northern adversary in eastern Ladakh and striving towards self-reliance in the defense sector apart from adopting specific technologies in fighting future wars. General Naravane retired on Saturday after an outstanding career spanning 42 years in the Army. After Naravane’s tenure ends, General Manoj Pandey has become the 29th Chief of the Army Staff.
The Defense Minister tweeted, “Great meeting with Chief of Army Staff Gen MM Naravane, who retires today after serving the nation for 42 years. His contribution as a military leader has strengthened India’s defense capabilities and preparedness. ‘ He said, ‘I wish him success in his future works. General Naravane called on President Ram Nath Kovind, who is the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.
The Ministry of Defense said, “His tenure is to keep the Indian Army personnel healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic, to give a strong response to the challenge from the North in Eastern Ladakh and to adopt specific technologies in fighting future wars, besides achieving self-reliance.” Gen Naravane took over as the Chief of Army Staff on 31 December 2019.
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